The labels seem to be going a bit crazy with these lately, particularly with the soundtrack reissues. I mean, Dirty Dancing? Footloose? Fine...I guess, but was anyone really clamouring for Coyote Ugly on vinyl?
Some of the more dubious ones on the horizon:
“The Lost Boys (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (1987 album; 180-gram audiophile vinyl; Friday Music)
“Scrooged (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (1988 album; A&M / UMe)
“Weird Science (Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack)” (1985 album; Geffen / UMe)
“Rocky IV (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 30th Anniversary Edition” (1985 album; Amazon-exclusive vinyl; Legacy)
― The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:23 (five years ago) link
screwing up the schedules of the remaining pressing plants with this crap:
― sleeve, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:40 (five years ago) link
The other targets of criticism are the major labels. As the majors repress more and more releases from their back catalogs—not to mention newer releases from top-selling vinyl artists like Beck, Lana Del Rey, and the Black Keys—they’re taking up more and more space on the presses. But while it’s tempting to derisively point to the deluxe, triple-LP edition of the Frozen soundtrack or a 180-gram reissue of Hotel California, blaming it all on the majors is an oversimplification. Everyone is competing with everyone to get their records made and, at this rate, there won’t be enough presses to meet demand for some time, if ever.
"You don't really need to spend $30 for some 180-gram piece of vinyl that was sourced from a CD-quality file. You're better off with your $10 CD," said Andy Zax, who has produced reissues for the Talking Heads, Rod Stewart and the 2009 Woodstock box set, among others. He warned against buying modern reprints of albums still circulating in the used market.
"The odds the thing is going to be fantastic is infinitely low versus the $8 used one you could find from flipping through the bins,” Zax said. Still, a number of labels have sprung up around thoughtful, high-quality vinyl releases. "Your Numero (Group) and Omnivore (Recordings), they're trying very hard to get it right.”
― sleeve, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:44 (five years ago) link
― sleeve, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:45 (five years ago) link
Friday Music sources all their stuff from the original tapes, it's really high quality stuff
― brimstead, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 02:04 (five years ago) link
― nomar, Thursday, 5 November 2015 20:36 (five years ago) link
Don't knock Friday music, their shot sounds amazing!! All remastered from the OG tapes. It's crazy that people like the cocktail soundtrack that much, but what do I know.
― brimstead, Thursday, 5 November 2015 21:53 (five years ago) link
shot = shit = products
That entire Rhino 2017 list posted recently fits here.
― brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 15:58 (four years ago) link
I was at a friend's house flipping through their bins, a couple hundred records and I'd say at least 60% of them belong to this thread - pretty sure I in fact saw the Cocktail soundtrack reissue. Most of the rest were pretty cool looking soundtracks for minor animated films and things like that, but it was kind of staggering to come face to face with "oh THAT'S who's buying these damn things!" Based on these friends it seems like it's a sweet spot between, they like listening to soundtracks and scores, they are movie buffs who like movie poster design so having the big LP sized cover is a major plus, and they just like vinyl as a hangover from college days when they never would have been able to afford this shit but were genuinely buying dollar-bin oddities and new releases by local acts. So maybe not quite as sinister and irritating as I'd been inclined to write off this rend but man... is the Cocktail soundtrack really particularly good?
― mega pegasus for reindeer (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 16:25 (four years ago) link
gets there fast, takes it slow iirc
― tylerw, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 16:28 (four years ago) link
― Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 17:16 (four years ago) link
i think there's a search and destroy thread for vinyl pressings, maybe particularly related to reissues (i may have started it? idk.) i'm getting a little burned out on seeing 4 Men With Beards and their offshoot Plain Recordings handling a sizable chunk of the reissue game. the latter put out reissues of the first three Saint Etienne albums a year ago or so, and they're just trash. They obviously copied them from a CD and in fact the vinyl reissue of Tiger Bay just uses the same track list as the CD, including the useless pair of bonus remixes at the end.
um anyway...i probably asked this before but what are the reissue labels that are consistently excellent and which are inconsistent or terrible?Light in the Attic seems to do a really great job, i guess.
― nomar, Thursday, 2 February 2017 23:15 (four years ago) link
Ugh yeah I think my Enter the Wu-Tang is 4MWB and I've always been vaguely disappointed with it.
― stein beck ii: the wrath of grapes (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 2 February 2017 23:30 (four years ago) link
good: LITA, Numero, Vinyl On Demand, Dark Entries, Bureau B
hit and miss: Superior Viaduct
teh suck: 4MWB, Doxy
― sleeve, Thursday, 2 February 2017 23:34 (four years ago) link
are ANY 4MWB reissues decent? i've got a couple Cluster ones and a Scott 4 and it's been awhile since I pulled them out. i don't remember anything egregious but it could be one of those things where if i heard a proper remastering and pressing job it would be like night and day.
― nomar, Thursday, 2 February 2017 23:39 (four years ago) link
the tim buckley reissues i used to have were pretty good from memory & big star's third sounded great. the john fahey america fiasco made me super wary about their product but still pick certain things up if i see them going cheap.
― no lime tangier, Friday, 3 February 2017 01:19 (four years ago) link
yeah that Big Star one is good. as I said (I think) on the other thread nomar is remembering, you basically have to look for the words "remastered from the original analog tapes" or some such when considering a vinyl reissue these days, otherwise u can assume it was straight from CD.
did not know about any issues with Fahey's America, I have the Fahey 6LP box on 4MWB but it does not sound appreciably better than the originals I have (just cleaner), and there are a few (like, 3-4) nasty pressing flaw (I assume) glitches for like tenths of a second over 6 LPs, not perfect but OK.
― sleeve, Friday, 3 February 2017 01:50 (four years ago) link
main thing with america was they copied it directly from the expanded cd version including the shortened version of mark 1:15 that was cut so everything would fit on the one cd. also remember reports that some copies of the second lp consisted of side 1 being pressed on both sides (first thing i checked for when i got mine!)... also major scuffs :-/
mention of glitches reminds me: their reissue of anne briggs' first album is atrocious.
― no lime tangier, Friday, 3 February 2017 02:09 (four years ago) link
there's this other label 1972, which reissued some Stereolab LPs a couple years back, among other reissues like the Aphex Twin ones. stereolab hates these reissues and is still trying to work at their own reissue series. not sure if they're affiliated with 4MWB et al, but they seem to be another dodgy CD sourced crew.
― nomar, Friday, 3 February 2017 02:47 (four years ago) link